Senior Director, Head of Alliance Management

Wave Life Sciences

Wave Life Sciences

Sales & Business Development
Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024

Job Description

Wave Life Sciences is a biotechnology company focused on unlocking the broad potential of RNA medicines to transform human health. Our RNA medicines platform, PRISM, combines multiple modalities, chemistry innovation and deep insights in human genetics to deliver scientific breakthroughs that treat both rare and prevalent disorders. Our toolkit of RNA-targeting modalities includes editing, splicing, RNA interference and antisense silencing, providing us with unmatched capabilities for designing and sustainably delivering candidates that optimally address disease biology. Our diversified pipeline includes clinical programs in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and Huntington’s disease, as well as a preclinical program in obesity. Driven by the calling to “Reimagine Possible”, we are leading the charge toward a world in which human potential is no longer hindered by the burden of disease.


The successful candidate will be responsible for managing Wave’s portfolio of external partnerships with pharmaceutical and technology partners, which are critical to the company’s continued success, and the goal of delivering exceptional treatment options for patients. They will ensure the collaborations work effectively to deliver strategic company goals by driving organizational alignment and seamless cross-functional execution. This individual will also support broader business development activities such as representing the company at external meetings, due diligence activities and deal negotiations as required. This position is hybrid, you will be expected to work on site at our Lexington, MA facility.


  • Degree in biological sciences required; Masters, PhD or other business qualification such as MBA may be advantageous
  • >8-10 years of industry experience, with a minimum of 5 years leading strategic partnerships in the life sciences sector including clinical stage programs, experience of working with or at big pharma desirable


  • Manage overall portfolio of strategic partnerships working with other team members responsible for specific alliance management roles as required to ensure key corporate strategies and goals are achieved
  • Lead and participate in multiple collaborations as an alliance manager to ensure key collaboration goals are achieved, obligations are met, and value is created
  • Nurture and enhance relationships and communications between Wave and our partners at all levels of the organization
  • Collaborate with leaders across Wave to pro-actively manage and monitor progress of multiple programs towards timely milestone achievement under the contracts, creating value and managing arising issues and risks as needed
  • Work closely with and support cross-functional teams to prepare for interactions with partners. Lead meetings with partners to drive the strategy, alliance operations, and new value-creating opportunities arising from the collaborations
  • Develop agendas, manage the partner meetings, and document the key discussion points and decisions taken at these meetings. Anticipate or identify issues as they arise internally, or as a result of partner interactions, and work with team leadership and other necessary stakeholders to formulate strategies and drive to resolution
  • Participate in Corporate Development activities as key team member, including assessing growth opportunities, supporting cross-functional searches, evaluation and diligence teams, and transactions.
  • Foster collaboration mindset across Wave

Key Skills:

  • Good understanding of research and drug-development processes, including IP and manufacturing
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple scientific and business areas of an organization, including stakeholders at all levels of the business up to the Executive Committee
  • Proven project management experience, with international and cross-cultural management experience desirable
  • Ability to build sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders through engendering trust and a collaborative mindset
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including ability to synthesize, analyze, prioritize and distill complex information into clear and succinct summaries and recommendations
  • Experience of leading and positively influencing teams in a matrix management environment
  • Pro-active, values-led, independent, flexible, well-organized, collaborative-minded individual interested in contributing to excellent science in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment

Wave Life Sciences provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Wave Life Sciences complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Wave Life Sciences expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Wave Life Sciences’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

We value our relationships with professional recruitment firms. To protect the interests of all parties, and given the large volume of inquiries received from third-party placement agencies, we are not able to respond to all agency inquiries. We do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates for current or future positions. Submission of unsolicited resumes in advance of a signed agreement between our company and a placement agency does not create an implied obligation and, if an unsolicited candidate represented by a placement agency is hired, we are not obligated to pay a fee. Only approved recruitment firms will be allowed to provide services to Wave Life Sciences, USA.